Pommies Apple Tree Giveaway

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At a recent cider tasting hosted by the LCBO, many superlative statistics about the growth of Ontario's cider market were thrown about. My eyes opened widest though at the one that demonstrates how much room there is left for expansion. For every 100 pints of beer consumed in Canada, we knock back one of cider. In Ireland that… 

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Three Ships Whisky

Three Sips Whisky

The problem with most affordable (cheap?) blended scotch comes from the utterly boring base flavour. While single malt scotch is made strictly from malted barley, blended scotch is mixed with distilled corn and possibly wheat. The result is a cheaper drink, with a dull vanilla flavour that's common among many brands in the $30 range…. 

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Five Lessons from the Niagara Icewine Festival

Five Lessons from the Niagara Icewine Festival

After taking a hiatus the last couple of years, winter has returned to Southern Ontario and made for a fitting backdrop to Niagara's month-long celebration of food and wine: the Icewine Festival. This year's gala officially kicked-off the festival with the usual mix of style and great wine. Thanks to the ice sculptures and winemakers… 

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Hints of Great Things to Come: Wisdom from 25th Annual Experts’ Tasting

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I'm sitting at a table with one of Niagara's top young winemakers, one of the country's leading experts on viticulture and vine biology and half of the duo that lent their names to a now world famous wine brand in 1993 and helped transform the industry. What's extraordinary is that my table isn't exceptional—every single… 

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April Wine Events

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Although it doesn't look and feel like spring outside, one sure sign that the weather will soon turn for the better and match the season on the calendar is an increase in the number of wine events. So to get you in the spirit and hopeful nudge mother nature in the right direction we've put… 

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Life Lessons from Fergus Henderson & St. John

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A great meal isn't really about food. Although it certainly helps, it needn't be exceptionally delicious, fancy or even paired with something good to drink. What truly defines a great meal is the unparalleled enjoyment that happens when you bring kindred spirits together to break bread. The outside world fades, allowing you to share anecdotes,… 

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Cuvée 2014: A Snapshot of Ontario’s Evolving Wine Scene

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One of the interesting side effects of the Cuveé format change, which began last year and continued again this year when the gala was held in early March, was that it forced winemakers to pick a favourite child. Luckily, that tough decision resulted in a great opportunity for attendees, participants and fellow invited media guests…. 

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